We had a great meeting last Saturday. The topic of our discussion was "Gangs and Prevention." Our presenter was Elsy Martinez, a freshman from Hempstead Public School. What is a gang? A gang is a group of three or more individuals. A group with a unique name and other identifying attributes (color, hand gestures, symbols, and clothing a group with They demonstrate commitment to crime by, prior, or current criminal activity. All types of ages can be found in a gang.
The presentation included other questions: What causes kids to join gangs?, How do new members join the a gang?, Influence in gangs, Is there LOYALTY in a gang?, Why do we find children in gangs?, and What do gang members aim for?
Kudos to Elsy for taking the courage to speak on this important topic. Amazing work!
LA's gang members transformedWe watched a short film about Homeboy Industries and Father Greg Boyle, which showcased the transformation of gang members to normal life. There is hope!
Happy Mother's DayThe members made special art work and wrote thank you texts to celebrate the gift of the "Mother" figure we have in our life.
Our IY Teens watched the documentary,
"The Human Experience." Two brothers from Brooklyn go on a journey to find the true meaning of life. They live with the homeless in the cold winter of NYC and then they later visit a home in Lima, Peru for children who were abused and abandoned. The teens learned how we can find the true meaning of our lives when we serve others in need.
Part two of the documentary coming up next week! Join us Next Thursday at 5:00pm at Saint Dominic's!
Our Idente Youth teens discussed the importance of evaluating the purpose of all of our relationships.
" God gives us relationships to help us become the-best-version-of-ourselves. He gives us relationships so that we can help each other get to Heaven ... the purpose of every relationship is two people helping each other become the-best-version-of-themselves. It doesn't matter if it is a relationship between husband and wife, boyfriend and girlfriend, brother and sister, parents and children, manager and employee, coach and player, teacher and student. " - Matthew Kelly
Last Wednesday in Idente Youth Kids meeting the children had a special guest that would introduce the children to music and what it truly is about. Having the children close their eyes while they hear a piece of a song and some said the music represents love and peace. The speaker said, "Sometime Music has feeling from experiences based on certain sounds". Showing how one sound can be made into music and also using a number of them to sing one note to use rhythm and melody in order to compose a song. They learnt the three rules of music: rhythm, melody and harmony.
Hi Everyone,Last Wednesday, in the Idente Youth Kids Meeting all the children played a fun activity of eye spy. We all had fun guessing what the mystery answer would be about what the person set their mind to be. We guessed many things ranging from the color of something to a letter of someone's name. Then, we continued to watch the movie, 'St. Joseph Cupertino'. We watched the movie. As we watched the movie, we realized that the main character's father has passed and the Idente Youth kids reacted very sad for him. They, knowing that he is a simple-minded person, know he would still be happy that he was still alive with his mother even though he was kicked out of the monastery. The children reacted in the shoes of St. Cupertino.
Hector presented a seminar on Volunteering. He addressed the topics: What does it means to Volunteer?; How does volunteering benefit society?; How does volunteering benefit you?; Barriers People Face to volunteer?; and The Different Volunteering Options. Finally, Hector shared his own experience as a medical student volunteering at a medical event in the capital Washington DC, and his upcoming volunteering project with the FIMRC [Foundation for International Medical Relief for Children] in the Philippines.
What is good communication? Our teens discussed how the key to many relationships (with parents, teachers, friends, etc.) is great communication. Sometimes we fail to consider the feelings of others when we communicate, or we place ourselves at the center of the conversation. Our teens shared how they plan to improve their communication this week by being better listeners and seeking the best for others, even if it requires sacrificing what they prefer. We also welcome Blangie and Sahory, our newest Idente Youth participants!
Our meeting was very interesting as we watched a movie 'St. Joseph Cupertino'. As we talked about the film, many kids said that many people did not treat him nicely but St. Joseph Cupertino did not mind their actions even if they had fought him. Some said, "He does not believe in fighting" and the reason was that violence going back to another would make the situation worse. We learned that even if he had a miserable life that he is grateful because he is alive as God wants him to be. The memorable moment we agreed upon was when he treated a woman and her bayby very nicely as he gave her a blanket and food for her and the baby, even if he had to give it for free.
We had an amazing time at the group watching the movie: “Kubo and the two strings” and celebrating Easter. Thank you for bringing food/drinks for our Saturday brunch.
Our next meeting: 10:00am Sat, Apr 22 at Our Lady of Loretto Church.
We had a dynamically engaging (couldn’t find a better way of describing J) meeting at the group. The topic of our discussion was “Sound Health.” The obvious question, “What is that?” It means, ways in which sound can improve health. Our presenter Nathalie played us a video by Julian Treasure. Through Julian’s talk we learnt about headphone abuse and the health issues associated with it. Namely "schizophonia," it is a dislocation between what you see and what you hear; compression; and deafness. Also we understood, the eight ways sound can improve health: ultrasound, lithotripsy, sound healing, good music, listen consciously, create sound, learn to sing & play instrument, and protect your ears.
To practice what was preached, we went outdoors to listen to nature and plant seeds in small cups.
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Thank you Nathalie for thinking about our health (“Sound Health”).
Our next meeting: 10:00am Sat, Apr 15 at Our Lady of Loretto Church. Please note that we celebrate Easter next Saturday, hence we request that you bring some snacks (& drinks) to share with the group. Also, we will end the meeting at 12:30pm.
Have a blessed Holy Week!